Following on the heels of the Annual Workshop, the 2nd Regional Curriculum Development Workshop was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on May 13th. It brought together academics from the Mekong countries and Canada to explore and identify options for collaboration of academics between universities in the Mekong countries and in Canada under the UCRSEA framework. Participants also shared and exchanged information on syllabi, study programmes, and teaching materials and techniques.
To devise a training programme applicable and suitable to the Mekong context, discussions centered around planning and developing the new course, where it will be taught, and timelines for delivering the course and for a Training for Trainers. The discussions on a new course/subject were based on the Sustainable Development Framework, focusing on the SDGs 11 (Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). As was agreed in the first workshop held in Bangkok, Sustainability Science will address local, national and regional needs and issues, include multidisciplinary physical and social sciences subjects, cover research and practical skills with tools and methodologies to enhance the decision-making process, and require regional collaboration.
It was agreed that the Canadian academic partners will formulate and provide a training programme for academics from the Mekong countries. This training programme will assist them in developing a new syllabus and teaching this new course/subject in their own departments. It was suggested that Prof. Lisa Drummond (York University, Canada) will lead in the development and delivery of a Training for Trainers programme for participating academics from the Mekong countries. It was decided that this new course would become a component of the new degree programme and would be taught across the Greater Mekong Sub-region. This will allow the participating academics to share teaching materials and resources as well as to exchange insights and challenges.
It is expected that the new course will be delivered in mid 2018.